Fall is upon us, and we need to batten down the hatches, so to speak. Fall pests like mice, spiders, ladybugs, stink bugs, and other insects are feeling the chill in the air too and are looking for a warmer place to spend the winter. While some of these pests are merely a nuisance, some can be damaging or even harmful.
The mice and other rodents that may enter your home are a big problem. Rodents can carry diseases and chew electrical cords that can cause a fire. You may hear them scurrying around in walls, ceilings, and attics in the night keeping you from a restful night’s sleep. Their droppings and urine will contaminate everything they touch and will be found under sinks, in your pantry, around food areas, and along walls. Rodents will damage personal belongings by chewing and using clothing, fabric, paper products, and other materials to line their nests. Plus, rodents quickly reproduce causing the number of mice to increase rapidly turning a few mice into a large infestation practically overnight. Due to the danger to your home and belongings and the risk to your health, you should seek a professional to assist you in preventing an infestation or freeing you from an existing one.
Ladybugs live outdoors typically, but in the fall when it starts to get cool outside, they move into your walls, door frames, and attics where it is dark and quiet. Ladybugs gain access to your home through cracks and crevices and stay inside all winter, but are inactive. The number of ladybugs can be innumerable, and in the spring they become active again. When they are in an active state they can leave stains and an unpleasant odor on furniture, curtains, walls, and more. Ladybugs are known to eat aphids, which is a good thing if you have them, but you really don’t want a large number of them flying around your home. Some people have tried vacuuming them up and releasing them outside, but a better solution is to seek a professional pest control service in your area to prevent them in the first place.
A very common and much-despised fall pest is the spider. They typically enter your home because they are looking for food. Most spiders will lurk in the dark and prefer out of the way areas where some of them will build webs. Some can inadvertently end up in clothing or bed sheets and can bite. Two dangerous types that can be found in the St. Louis area are the brown recluse and the black widow.
The best solution for your fall pest problems in St. Louis is to contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our highly trained and trusted professionals have the tools, safety protocols, and experience needed to safely eliminate pests from your home and can offer exclusion tips to keep these pests from coming back. We have been on the front lines of the pest control battle here in St. Louis for more than six decades and will bring all of that local pest experience to bear on your pest issues.
Along with our professional services, there are a few things you can do to help keep pests out of your St. Louis home including sealing up all points of entry such as cracks and crevices in exterior walls and gaps around fixtures, vents, pipes, and screened areas. Check your foundation, attic, windows, and doors too. Be sure they are sealed up and that torn screens are repaired or replaced. You should also keep all debris, wood, and piles of brush away from your home. Sweep or vacuum floors regularly, keep food in airtight containers, and clean up food spills immediately. While these tips will be helpful, they are by no means a complete solution. To be sure you won’t have to deal with unwanted pests this winter, call on the pest control experts here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions.